Jindal joins McDonnell to campaign for Romney in Virginia

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

A day after Gov. Bob McDonnell toured Wisconsin to stump for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, he's back touting the GOP ticket in Virginia - with some help.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is traveling with McDonnell in Virginia Wednesday campaigning on behalf of Romney. The Republican governors are scheduled to stop in Portsmouth, Chester and Sterling, hitting up the state's three largest media markets and voter-dense regions: Hampton Roads, Richmond and Northern Virginia.

The trip comes as rumors swirl that a succession plan is in place that would have Jindal replace McDonnell as head of the Republican Governors Association in 2013. McDonnell has served as chairman of the RGA since 2011 when Texas Gov. Rick Perry stepped down from the job to run for president. The group will meet next month to formally decide.

Both Republicans were considered front-runners for the vice presidential pick, and have campaigned aggressively for Romney across the country despite losing out on the No. 2 job.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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